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Recruiting? Here's how to deal with fraudulent CVs

by , 25 February 2014
Did you know that one-third of all CVs contain misrepresentations? Don't be caught off guard. Use these measures to deal with fraudulent CVs when recruiting.

The sad reality is that many people lie on their CVs.

Just last week we reported that a Public Protector's report into the SABC, found that Hlaudi Motsoeneng (COO) faked his matric certificate.

That's why you need to be cautions when recruiting and looking into CVs. In fact, we recommend you do the following to deal with fraudulent CVs.

Here's what you must do to deal with fraudulent CVs

According to the Practical Guide to Human Resources Management, a CV is considered a factual document.

So if a candidate presents a fraudulent CV, you can discipline him according to your company's disciplinary code, as he has presented a fraudulent document to your company.

The CV, notes taken during the interview and any confirmation through credit checking and validation of identity numbers, may be used as supporting documentation during the disciplinary process.

That said; you can avoid a situation where you have to discipline a candidate by doing the following:

  • Use a structured interview questionnaire for each interview
  • Explore red flags through using open-ended questions
  • Check the candidate's feedback from open-ended and probing questions.

The bottom line: If you discover that a candidates' CV is fraudulent during the recruitment process, disregard it. On the other hand, if you discover this when you've already employed the candidate, have a full disciplinary investigation.

Here's a tip that'll help you deal with CVs:

Develop a key qualifications list or candidate profile. You need to narrow down the most important information. You'll want to list the:

  • Key characteristics or traits
  • Most important skills
  • Most relevant experience
  • Desired educational level
  • Other essential factors you'll consider in candidate selection

By creating this list, you'll be able to quickly eliminate any candidates who don't meet the required criteria and it'll help you to compare applicants.

Knowing how to deal with fraudulent CVs will help ensure your recruitment drive is a success.

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